1973 was a significant year in the history of APUA, for it was in a sense, the year this extraordinary company was born.
APUA came about after a merger on July 4th 1973, between the Electricity, Water and Telephone Department, and was incorporated under the Public Utility Act. This gave the company the right to carry out the following activities in the State of Antigua and Barbuda:
– The generation, distribution, supply and sale of electricity;
– The provision of telephone services for calls originating and ending within the State;
– The supply, distribution, maintenance and sale of water services and;
– Any incidental services relative to the above.
On the 25th January 2000, APUA launched its own mobile digital GSM service called APUA PCS (Personal Communication Services) which offered high voice quality and island-wide coverage with the latest available features on the market at the time. PCS was the first GSM service in the entire English Speaking Caribbean.
2005 was a busy year for APUA, after the elections, a Board was formed and brought about changes in APUA. Before, the managers went to Cabinet after making a decision, now all decisions have to go through the Board. In essence, the major change was that the managers have less control over the decision making of the company.
The change in government brought about the merger of Generation and Transmission & Distribution in electricity. A new position was also created which was called Planning Standard and Customer Service.
inet was launched on 1st December 2005, under the theme “BRINGING YOU THE WORLD,” this expresses APUA’s commitment to providing a range of services to their customers with the aim of expanding horizons and creating avenues for growth.
Utilization of DSL technology in Antigua and Barbuda is yet another first for APUA, resulting in a simple, but elegant service which offers broadband speeds over ordinary telephone lines. DSL technology is highly rated among solutions for high-speed internet access.
In 2007 APUA inet was re-launched with new and innovative packages and the promise of a greater internet experience.
And the rest as they say is history!